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2018 Back Roads Century
Sunday, September 16, 2018

Registration closes on August 31!



About the Ride - The Back Roads Century returns for its fourth year to beautiful Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Located just across the bridge from the Antietam Battlefield, cyclists will enjoy historic sites and scenic routes. 

Date - Rain or shine, Sunday, September 16, 2018.

Show and Go Start - The ride starts at Shepherd University, 540 West Campus Drive, Shepherdstown, WV 25443; about 60-90 minutes north-west of Washington, DC.

Ride Distances - Six routes for riders of all abilities -  25, 29, 47, 52, 64, and 100 miles

Fee Includes - Cue Sheets showcasing historic regions, On-Road Route Directions, Mechanical Support along the routes, Rest Stop Food and Drinks, End of Ride Celebration at Popodicon Mansion with catered meal and entertainment after your ride, Free Showers at Shepherd University Wellness Center, Free Parking at Shepherd University


Rider Number (and Jerseys, if purchased before July 1) - Mailed in September.

Event Capacity - 2000 riders

Ride Start/End Times - Rolling start (show and go) from 7:00 am to 9:00 am. No need to check in. Pin on your number, put on your wrist band, and head out. Return before 5:00 pm, when the route services close. Start early if you plan on doing the 101 mile ride!

  • 7:00 am - 7:30 am - 100 Mile English Century Riders
  • 7:30 am - 8:00 am - 64 Mile Metric Century Riders
  • 8:00 am - 8:30 am - 47 and 52 Mile (Half Century) Riders
  • 8:30 am - 9:00 am - 25 and 29 Mile Riders

Rest Stops - ​All rides will have rest stops every 20-25 miles with water, sports drinks, fruit,  and snacks.

End of Ride Celebration - After the ride join us for a catered meal and live entertainment. Located at Popodicon Mansion on Shepherd University Campus. Walking or riding distance to parking and showers.

Showers - Showers and towels will be available at the Shepherd University Wellness Center. 

Information and Registration Desk - Registration desk staffed from 7:00 am – 10:00 am. From 10:30 - 6:00 PM moves to Popidicon Mansion on Shepherd University, site of the after-party.

What You Need to Bring - Pin rider number to jersey for ID by SAG. You must wear your wristband for identification at our rest stops and at the End of Ride Celebration. Helmets are required.

Bicycle Repair/SAG- Mechanics/SAG will be on hand to perform repairs and adjustments at the ride start, and at rest stops along the routes. 

Potomac Pedalers Member Discount - Membership in Potomac Pedalers costs only $35.00 per year for individuals, and $47.00 for families, so consider joining Potomac Pedalers before you register for the Century! You'll receive many benefits including bike shop discounts, access to our library of cue sheets, discounts on special events and more!

Volunteers - We need a many volunteers both before and during the event.  Please fill out a volunteer form  and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you. Volunteers who provide a minimum of 4 hours of support will receive a $25 rebate after the event.  We can't put on the Back Roads Century without volunteers!  Thank you!

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Check out our 2018
Back Roads Jersey!  

Click here to order 

Or You Can Order Jerseys when you
Register for the Century